September 20, 2018

The U.S. is committed to missile defense at Deveselu

The U.S. Embassy responded to questions from a French journalist about the U.S. commitment to ballistic missile defense in Romania, the significance to NATO of the Aegis Ashore facility now under construction at Deveselu, and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s comment that diplomatic developments with Iran affect the need for missile defense in Europe and Romania, according to a press release.

The U.S. Embassy said that the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) is a voluntary U.S. national contribution to the ballistic missile defense capability of NATO and that the Aegis Ashore site in Romania will transfer operational control to NATO at the appropriate time. Financially speaking, according to the U.S. – Romanian Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement, the U.S. government will be responsible for the construction of the facility and the operation and maintenance of the ballistic missile defense system.

In answer to the Russians arguing that the missile shield is threatening its strategic missiles, and introduces an imbalance of power, the U.S. response is that the Aegis Ashore system is defensive in nature and not a threat to Russia.

About Russian ministry of foreign affairs Lavrov saying that the missile shield is no longer needed the Embassy said their viewpoint is that there is still much work to be done as they negotiate the contours of a comprehensive solution over the next 6 months.  Their views on the importance of missile defense in Europe and commitment to EPAA as the U.S. contribution to NATO missile defense remain unchanged.

Source: US Embassy in Romania

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